She Makes It Look Easy

By the time we arrived at the wedding reception, the room was overflowing with people we didn’t know. Ordinarily Christian and I are both highly functional introverts, able to fake it so long as we’re together and/or we know our role in a given situation. We often bicker at home about who has to call…

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On Julianna, at the end of Grade 2

Every so often, I like to share some of Julianna’s school work and progress. I need to be clear: this is not a total picture of Down syndrome. It’s not even a total picture of “what a person with Down syndrome can do in the second grade.” There’s a vast range of ability among people with…

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Pictures From The Big Day

A young lady’s big day in the Basi household begins with dancing with your little brother… …continues with joining the choir for one of your favorite songs (“Love Has Come, by Matt Maher”)… …peaks with receiving your first Communion (officially this time)… …forces you to tolerate having lots and lots of pictures taken….     …

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A Julianna Story

Last Sunday after church, the kids begged to go get some doughnuts after Mass. But by the time we got over there, we were missing our girl-child. This is highly unusual, you understand. Miss J does not suffer the Lent-long abstinence from sweets with joy and gladness. So for her to be missing was a bit…

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Maybe I Really Am Living With An Angel (A Mercy on a Monday Post)

It was last December when I read the post that kicked off this exploration of mercy. This post, specifically, in which Rory Cooney suggests that we have a bad habit of substituting confession for actual mercy. I thought, “Wait…there’s more to mercy than confession?” Then I thought, “Maybe I’d better dig into this a little…

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Queen for a Day. I mean, Week.

I have a very serious post brewing, but I can’t formulate “serious” on the heels of a Super Bowl party with eight children (ages toddler to tween) and four adults in the house. So instead, today you get Julianna stories. You don’t mind, do you? It’s been birthday week for her, and what with phone…

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Touch Points, Part 3: In A Downtown Nashville Diner

Our family went to Florida after Christmas to spend a few days with Christian’s family. We left on New Years to come back home. At the end of two grueling days on the road, we stopped for dinner at IHOP in downtown Nashville, Tenn. We had three hours to go before we stopped for the…

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The Hazards of Living In A Musical Family, and other Updates on my Babies

Alex After the LEGO movie a couple of years ago, Alex started singing “Everything is awesome” all.the.time. Woe was me. Then, knowing I loathed the song even more than I loathed the movie, he started teasing me by singing “Percy Jackson ro-ocks!” on the same tune. Then he got tired of Julianna’s obsession with Frozen,…

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Down Syndrome and the Sacramental Year

It’s That Year for Miss Julianna. Second grade. If you’re not Catholic, you may not know what I’m talking about. But second grade is a big year, involving firsts of two major sacraments: Reconciliation and Eucharist. In other words, it’s crunch time for this mama who’s been convincing everyone she knows what she’s talking about…

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The Trouble With Shoes

Girls are supposed to be into shoes. Right? That’s what I hear, anyway. I’m kind of an outlier. I have plenty of shoes, mind you, but nothing, nothing like most women. Having sold shoes for a couple of years, I’m all about function and proper support, which (let’s be honest) most women’s shoes are neither.…

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